Self build groups in line for £30m of funding
Grant Shapps has announced a £30 million pot to promote self-build will go to groups building homes at the same time.
The housing minister made the announcement while in Holland with Grand Designs’ presenter Kevin McCloud to look at the self-build industry there.
Mr McCloud has been chosen as a champion for the self-build industry and will raise public awareness of the benefits of self-building as well as helping the self-build industry promote their services.
Mr Shapps said: ‘The self-build industry is riding the crest of a wave, with more people than ever wanting control over the design and build of their home.
‘But despite this self-build surge, we continue to lag behind the rest of the world. I am determined to change this so anyone who wants to embark on a self-build project has the opportunity to do so.’
Mr McCloud said: ‘In the past we have built some of the poorest performing, most expensive and smallest homes in Europe. That’s not something to celebrate.
‘But there is another way. What if we became a nation of self builders like the Dutch? What if each household in the UK had the option to build their own place? What if large-scale developers provided finished-slab, fully-serviced sites for home builders?’
The minister and Mr McCloud were at Almere near Amsterdam today to see the largest low-cost self-build experiment in Europe, which has grown rapidly in recent years. The £30 million will provide short-term finance for projects similar to Almere. The money will have to be paid back.